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Christopher Somorjay

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Chris Somorjay works with his institutional investor and pension fund clients to manage their real estate portfolios. Having worked with a number of his clients since he qualified with us in 2001, he combines his eye for detail and calm but tenacious approach with a deep understanding of their business needs.

Chris brings to the table extensive experience from across the commercial real estate sector, delivering high profile City office lettings for M&G and both shopping centre and science park acquisitions and disposals for the Mars UK and Dutch pension funds. Having also acted for a number of occupier clients, Chris has the perspective and acute commercial focus necessary to bring those complex multi-faceted deals to a close.

Finely attuned to industry trends, Chris makes sure his clients reap the benefits of his knowledge, whether he's leading initiatives to increase the speed of lease negotiations or drafting and launching 'green leases'.


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Christopher Somorjay - Hogan Lovells International LLP

Within: Commercial property

In 2016, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s β€˜pro-active, solution-based’ practice secured first-time panel appointments with The British Land Company and U+I Group, complementing a diverse client base that takes in institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, private equity houses, and overseas family wealth. The practice also enjoyed a number of significant investment deals across asset types such as student housing and high street retail; one standout mandate saw the β€˜technically brilliant’ Sian Owles advise Queensland Investment Corporation on the Β£410m sale of its 50% interest in Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Dudley to Intu Properties. In other investment highlights, newly appointed UK-head Daniel Norris, who is β€˜exceptional on portfolio deals’, advised Mapletree on the acquisition of 23 student housing blocks; and the β€˜committed and very smart’ Dion Panambalana and Andrew Flemming assisted U+I Group with its new 50:50 joint venture platform with an affiliate of Colony NorthStar. In the development sub-sector, β€˜standout performer’ Nicholas Roberts advised Argent Related on securing its role as development partner in the multibillion-pound Brent Cross South regeneration scheme; and Norris acted for key client M&G Real Estate on its equity funding of a major development at Three Snowhill in Birmingham city centre. In other highlights, Panambalana assisted Land Securities with asset management for both retail and hospitality assets; and global practice head Jackie Newstead, who β€˜consistently delivers’, advised Hermes on the lettings and proposed redevelopment of a shopping centre at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells. Gill McGreevy was also active on various landlord-side retail mandates. The practice also has a number of recommended lawyers below partner level, including newly promoted counsel Christopher Somorjay; senior associate Stella Bliss, who has β€˜excellent commercial sense’; and senior associate Anthony Newton, who is a β€˜leader in the student accommodation field’.

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